Inspired by low reliefs at Mucknell Abbey, Stoulton, artist Sara Hayward RCA has created a contemporary version of Christ’s final hours to be shown in the Dean’s Chapel at Worcester Cathedral from 4 - 27 April.

Accompanying the exhibition of fifteen oil paintings are a set of transparent acrylic boxes containing contemporary artefacts to aid prayer and reflection for visitors. Each painting is oil on board with gold leaf and two foot square.

“It has been an intensely moving experience creating this exhibition. So many decisions had to be made regarding the interpretation of this emotive subject. I hope the paintings are thought provoking and offer visitors food for thought this Easter.” 

Born in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, Sara studied fine art at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford University, and printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London. As well as working in the education department at Worcester cathedral, Sara produces artwork for publishing companies and is married to fellow artist Paul Powis. 

Sara recently designed the contemporary glass doors at St Martin’s Church, Worcester, depicting St Martin helping the poor, and painted a portrait of Henry Sandon MBE for the Museum of Royal Worcester. The exhibition is open daily 9-4.30pm with free entry.